The UT Institutional Review Board (IRB) approves and provides oversight of proposed research studies/projects that involve human subjects.
The primary mission of the IRB is to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of all human participants in research proposed to be conducted by university faculty, staff, and students, guided by federal and state regulations, university policy, and the Belmont Report.
Note: The IRB’s role is not to answer questions about how to fill out the application. If you do not know how to answer a question on the application or how to proceed with applying, you are encouraged to find a research mentor who is knowledgable about human subjects research as well as reviewing Guidance Documents and tutorials on the IRB website. The IRB only reviews completed application packets to ensure that the research incorporates the rights and welfare of human participants as well as ensuring sound and well thought-out science and research methodology.
It is extremely helpful and highly recommended to write a comprehensive research proposal or prospectus before attempting to fill out the IRB Application. However, it is not required to submit one.
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